Big Dream Born in a Tiny House

The designer and builder of this house on wheels first thought he would live in the home, but soon decided to start a business building custom tiny homes instead.

502 W Ojai Ave, Ojai, CA
For sale: $75,000

So many people loved the tiny house Ryan O’Donnell built that he decided to build something else: a business.

A carpenter by trade, O’Donnell intended to live in his 185-square-foot house.

Inspired by the tiny home movement, he wanted to live in a small space and documented his work on a Facebook page. He reclaimed the wood for the home from an old house being remodeled across town and found cedar milled from a giant tree that had fallen in a park nearby.

The tiny space has a woodstove built by a local steel artist, a little kitchen with handmade tile counters, and a bed in a loft.

The cabin also boasts artistic touches such as handcrafted copper lanterns and sconces and stained glass windows.

“It’s been more like an art project for me,” he said.

Outside, there is a small covered deck, a shower and a compostable toilet. It is insulated with sheep wool, and the whole thing sits on a trailer. The buyer would have to find a place to park the home, but O’Donnell says that hasn’t been difficult in the nearly two years he has spent there.

O’Donnell’s project is sustainable. During construction, he powered his tools off a bio-fueled generator. He named his business Humble-Hand Crafts, and hopes people will hire him to make similar cabins.

This article was originally published by Emily Heffter on Zillow Blog.

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Radically Sustainable Earthship in Taos Lists for $249,000

If you’d like to reduce your footprint on the planet, we found a home that checks every box.

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Located on 20 acres in the high New Mexico desert region outside Taos, this home designed by Earthship is now on the market for $249,000.

So … what is an Earthship?

Their site touts their designs as “The Ultimate in Green Buildings”, and they adhere to six design principles that allow any house they design to “provide electricity, potable water, contained sewage treatment and sustainable food production” under the same roof.

The exterior of this particular home is built from massive rammed earth construction and uses dirt-filled tires in the walls and some straw-bale construction on the interior walls.

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Listing agent Ellen Lerner says these homes are a true lifestyle choice: “A buyer would typically be someone who wants to live off-the-grid. A person who wants to leave no carbon footprint.”

The home is able to remain off the grid thanks to solar panels that soak up the sun’s rays.

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“The high desert does get cold at night, but we get about 300 sunny days a year,” Lerner notes. “It’s great for passive solar.”

Any unused power generated by the home’s solar panels is stored in an array of batteries.

As for the interior of this sustainable dwelling, it’s about 2,200 square feet inside with three bedrooms and a bathroom. It also comes with a barn and workshop which would be perfect for artists, farmers, or tinkerers.

The sizable indoor greenhouse adds to the green vibe of the home, and the surroundings of pristine desert beauty only enhance the bond that the home has with nature.

“The home feels really solid and feels as though it’s part of the earth,” Lerner says. “It’s a little hard to put into words, but you feel as though the home is a living organism.”

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She adds any buyer will likely enter a “symbiotic relationship” with the home and not treat it as simply a roof with a few rooms. And although being off-the-grid may seem daunting, the agent debunked any ideas of the home or lifestyle that accompanies it being tough.

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“It’s not difficult or fussy at all,” Lerner notes. “You’re not sacrificing anything to live in this home.”

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While the home is roughly 30 minutes from Taos, she also says the home doesn’t feel totally remote: a desert dweller will naturally learn to slow down and embrace the distance from civilization.

“It truly depends on one’s sense of space and time,” Lerner emphasizes. “It can take you 30 minutes to go four blocks in traffic in a big city. Wouldn’t you rather spend that time in a peaceful way?”

If the answer is yes, your Earthship has landed in Taos.

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